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What are the symptoms of kidney stones?

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You may not know you have kidney stones until they move inside your body. They can cause different symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. They include:

  • Great pain in your side or back, below the ribs
  • Pain in your groin and lower belly
  • Pain that comes and goes
  • Pain when you pee and needing to go more often
  • Pee that is cloudy, pink, red, or brown, or that has a bad smell
  • Feeling like you need to pee all the time
  • Fever and chills if you have an infection
  • Small amounts of pee when you do go

From: What Are Kidney Stones? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Kidney Stones in Adults.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Stones.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Kidney Stones.”

Urology Care Foundation, The Official Foundation of the American Urological Association: “What are Kidney Stones?”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “5 steps for preventing kidney stones.”

University of Chicago: “Types of Kidney Stones: A Primer.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 23, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Kidney Stones in Adults.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Stones.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions: Kidney Stones.”

Urology Care Foundation, The Official Foundation of the American Urological Association: “What are Kidney Stones?”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “5 steps for preventing kidney stones.”

University of Chicago: “Types of Kidney Stones: A Primer.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 23, 2018

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